Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 May 2002
Organisation: mental health
Service: children, mental health
Project: outpatients, wards


The Mulberry Bush Day Unit, an 18-place primary day school for severely disturbed children.

Aims and outcomes

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust team wanted to create a more dignified space for periods of 'time out'. The environment needed to stimulate the senses, using light, music and colour, and it was also important that the mood of the room could be adjusted to suit different children's needs. The space needed to be robust and secure while also being calming and supportive.

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